We envision a YSPH in which the integral relationship between sustainability and health is seamlessly incorporated into our teaching, research, practice, operations and culture.
Yale School of Public Health Sustainability Action Plan 2017-2025
Public Health and sustainability are inextricably linked. The tenets of sustainability at Yale encompass ecosystem health, human health, and economic viability. Human health is directly impacted by our natural and built environments. Air pollution may cause respiratory diseases, access to nutritious food and physical activity may alleviate the burden of some chronic diseases, and climate change will affect human ecosystems, such as causing vector-borne diseases to be more widespread. YSPH faculty, staff and students also conduct innovative research on health care policy and cost-effectiveness. The current economic landscape of healthcare in the United States and around the globe will likely face greater challenges stemming from environmental impacts of human activity if actions to mitigate or adapt do not take place. As global environmental crises worsen and demand on resources increase, public health research and education must remain at the forefront.